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Boonsboro soph seeks musical future

March 01, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

BOONSBORO -- Anyone wanting to know what kind of influence Washington County Public Schools' music program has on students doesn't have to look any farther than David Adams.

When the Boonsboro High School sophomore was in sixth grade, he started toying with the trombone.

When Adams got to eighth grade at Boonsboro Middle School, a band director there let him play around with whatever instruments he wanted to during lunch.

When Adams reached high school, the music bug was really kicking in.

"It was just incredible. That's when I knew that's what I wanted to do with my life," said Adams, who has taken up positions in Boonsboro High's marching band, concert band and brass ensemble. He's also in the All County Band, played in the Cumberland Jazz Festival and is the only Washington County student this year to be named to the All State Band, a group made up of high school students from across Maryland.

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And that's all involving the trombone?

"For that stuff," Adams said.

Adams also has taken up the bassoon, oboe and got himself an Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar, which he uses to play rhythm guitar in Boonsboro's jazz band.

"I love it," Adams said.

Not about to let his interests rest, Adams said he is going to tackle the saxophone and flute next.

Adams said he hopes eventually to attend a music school such as The Juilliard School, a performing arts school in New York, and obtain a doctorate in music performance.

He would like to play in a professional symphony or a traveling ensemble.

"But I'd also like to teach to spread my love of music," the 15-year-old said.

For his undergraduate schooling, Adams said he has been considering Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where he has been taking trombone lessons for about two years.

Although Adams grew up in Boonsboro, he is about to leave. His father is taking a job in Tucson, Ariz., and Adams said he will transfer to Ironwood Ridge High School there next year. Adams said he has already visited the school, which is about twice the size of Boonsboro High, to check out its music program.

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